Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 10 – Baital to Lindworm

Of course, as with any blog series, all things must come to an end. Yet, I hope those who view my posts have enjoyed this series on mythological creatures from myths and urban legend. Perhaps some of you viewing these may now have a better idea for a Halloween costume than some of the standard outfits. Nevertheless, there’s a few more we need to look at before we go. Still, in this final selection, we’ll explore the undead and spirits like the Baital from Hindu Folklore, the Black Dog from Europe, the Cu Sith from Scotland, the Aswang and Diwata from the Philippines, the Gwyllion from Wales, the Tokoloshe from Africa, and the Inugami, the Oni, and the Yuki-Onna from Japan. We also have a few English creatures such as Black Annis and the Lambton Worm. And finally, we’ll see other monsters like the cryptid American Goatman from the United States, the Sleipnir from Norse Mythology, and the Lindworm from Northern Europe. So in this final installment on my blog series of mythological creatures, I hope you enjoy these for your pleasure.

 

136. Baital (a. k. a. Vetala)

The Baital (or Vetala) is one of the more scarier creatures from India that's known to drive people insane or self-harm, take possession of people, and kill children. And you thought Hinduism was a more peaceful religion.

The Baital (or Vetala) is one of the more scarier creatures from India that’s known to drive people insane or self-harm, take possession of people, and kill children. And you thought Hinduism was a more peaceful religion.

Type: Undead, Hybrid, Humanoid, Spirit
From: Hindu Folklore
Features: Bony looking human with dirty brown skin and bat wings. Said to be covered in hairy brown skin and had large, creepy bat wings protruding from its back. Described as resembling dried up corpses with wings. Have eyes that never showed a glimmer or sparkle as well as appear completely dead. Body is cold, clammy, and without blood. Sometimes depicted with horns.
Behavior: Hung by their toes from mimosa trees used as burial grounds. Have very good social skills.
Habitat: India.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they take over people’s corpses but they’re also known to drive people mad or to suicide, cause miscarriages, and kill children. Very manipulative and can control a person through his or her dreams.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure you could get rid of it, yet if you’re talking to one, just don’t try to answer its questions at least for a while. Using mantras can also help.

 

137. Black Dog

Now while most normal black dogs are relatively harmless, this Black Dog can be a hound out of hell. It's scratch marks can instill burns on skin and is prone to bring severe injury on humans. If you see a black dog with glowing red eyes in your neighborhood, you might want to call your local exorcist at best.

Now while most normal black dogs are relatively harmless, this Black Dog can be a hound out of hell. It’s scratch marks can instill burns on skin and is prone to bring severe injury on humans. If you see a black dog with glowing red eyes in your neighborhood, you might want to call your local exorcist at best.

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Medieval European Folklore
Features: Extremely large black canine ghost. Said to be as big as an adolescent calf and has very long and sharp nails. Eyes are either pitched black or glowing red. Mouth is constantly covered with smelling drool virtually foaming.
Behavior: Nocturnal and solitary.
Habitat: Europe and the Americas.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, seeing it once is good luck. Seeing it a second time, well, it’s basically a death omen. Can attack unharmed but tends to instill severe injury onto victims. Scratch mark would leave scorching burns on skin. Still, may be peaceful and serene at first but can suddenly attack out of nowhere. Associated with thunderstorms. However, sometimes it depends on the story.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not despite its supposedly domestic appearance.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure if you can.

 

138. Cu Sith

The Cu Sith is seen as an omen of death but when it barks three times, it's said a nursing mother is kidnapped to provide milk for fairies by this green hound dog. Yet, I wonder if this Scottish pooch likes green eggs an ham.

The Cu Sith is seen as an omen of death but when it barks three times, it’s said a nursing mother is kidnapped to provide milk for fairies by this green hound dog. Yet, I wonder if this Scottish pooch likes green eggs an ham.

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Scottish Mythology
Features: Enormous dark green dog. Said to be about the size of a large calf with paws as big as a person’s hand. Said to be covered in green shaggy fur and a curled or braided tail. Could bark 3 consecutive loud barks that could be heard far away. Sometimes depicted as white.
Behavior: Solitary. Could hunt silently.
Habitat: The Scottish Highlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Seen as an omen of death and appears only to take one to the afterlife. Yet, it’s known to abduct nursing mothers and carry them off to its fairy mounds where they’d be milked to feed fairy children. Oh, and when you hear its barks out at sea, you might want to come back home until it lets out a third or be overcome with terror to the point of death. This is goes especially for guys who just had a kid.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: I don’t think you can since it’s a netherworld dog.

 

139. Diwata

Like the Greek nymphs, the Diwata are nature spirits though could appear male or female. However, they are known to be diehard environmentalists and will curse you if you ever think of clearing their beloved forests for a strip mall. American Libertarians wanting to do business in the Philippines may want to take note of this.

Like the Greek nymphs, the Diwata are nature spirits though could appear male or female. However, they are known to be diehard environmentalists and will curse you if you ever think of clearing their beloved forests for a strip mall. American Libertarians wanting to do business in the Philippines may want to take note of this.

Type: Humanoid, Spirit
From: Philippine Mythology
Features: Male and female human like spirits seen as astoundingly beautiful and ageless. Said to have blemish free or fair color skin.
Behavior: Known as protectors of nature. Can be called upon to ensure good health, good crop growth, and good fortune.
Habitat: Philippines. Said to reside in banyan or large accia trees in the forests. Are very powerful tree huggers.
Is It Dangerous?: Let’s just say as long as you ask these spirits permission to wander the protected areas and not anger them, you’ll be fine. Those who don’t respect their surroundings will be cursed.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Since they’re human then absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I don’t think you want to since they’re rather nice nature protectors. Still, respect the Philippine forests as well as them if you don’t want anything bad to happen to you.

 

140. Gwyllion

 She may seem like an ugly witch from Macbeth but this Gwyllion is actually a harmless prankster who won't hurt you if you treat her right. Yet, this doesn't mean she's not willing to use self-defense.


She may seem like an ugly witch from Macbeth but this Gwyllion is actually a harmless prankster who won’t hurt you if you treat her right. Yet, this doesn’t mean she’s not willing to use self-defense.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Welsh Mythology
Features: Ugly female spirit that usually wears ash colored clothing and an oblong 4 pointed hat as well as carries a pot or wooden can in one hand. Known for disturbing laughter and cries of “Wb!”
Behavior: Like to cause mischief. Like to scare and mislead travelers.
Habitat: Welsh Mountains.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they’re normally pranksters to unsuspecting travelers though some of their hijinks may get out of hand. But if they’re threatened, then they will flash a metal knife and attack you.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell. They’re human.
How to Get Rid of It: If one enters your home, just treat her fairly and she’ll leave without doing any harm.

 

141. Inugami

Having an Inugami isn't all what's cracked up to be. Sure it may be fun to have a kind of dog that would give what's coming to your enemies. But getting one requires a ritual that pertains to certain practices that would get you jailed for animal cruelty.

Having an Inugami isn’t all what’s cracked up to be. Sure it may be fun to have a kind of dog that would give what’s coming to your enemies. But getting one requires a ritual that pertains to certain practices that would get you jailed for animal cruelty.

Type: Spirit, Undead
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Dog spirit but tend to be described as werewolves.
Behavior: Master of powerful black magic.
Habitat: Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, certainly. Can take possession of a person and drive him or her crazy or to suicide. Known to be used by their masters for activities like mutilating, kidnapping, or murder. Yet, if it’s master soul is said to be blinded by unstoppable rage or desire to revenge, then it could escape his or her control and kill them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, they can or were. Known to be kind and loyal companion to its human owner. However, they could be conjured in a kind of ceremony that would consist of great cruelty to animals. Still, their masters aren’t known to be very nice people.
How to Get Rid of It: These creatures are impossible to get rid of and tend to be passed from generation to generation. Still, the best answer is to simply not marry into a family that has one.

 

142. Sleipnir

Now Sleipnir may seem like a magnificent horse despite its 8 legs. Still, its conception is rather, well, crazy. I mean Odin's horse was born to Loki after he engaged in a one night stand with a stallion. Of course, I've never seen a case of parental confusion like this since Mrs. Doubtfire.

Now Sleipnir may seem like a magnificent horse despite its 8 legs. Still, its conception is rather, well, crazy. I mean Odin’s horse was born to Loki after he engaged in a one night stand with a stallion. Of course, I’ve never seen a case of parental confusion like this since Mrs. Doubtfire.

Type: Divine Horse
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Giant 8 legged black horse. Has magical symbols carved in his teeth. Sometimes depicted with four and other colors.
Behavior: Said to be the fastest, largest, and most powerful horse in the world. Can run through land, sea, and air. Has magical powers.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s not said to be.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Despite being Loki’s child he birthed by a stallion (don’t ask), he’s Odin’s horse.
How to Get Rid of It: You don’t want to get rid of this horse.

 

143. Oni

Now the Japanese Oni may resemble a demon at first but they do a job that's similar to the Grim Reaper despite that they wear a loincloth of a skin that comes from an endangered species. Still, like many superheroes, the tend to enjoy destruction and love ruining everything that crosses their paths.

Now the Japanese Oni may resemble a demon at first but they do a job that’s similar to the Grim Reaper despite that they wear a loincloth of a skin that comes from an endangered species. Still, like many superheroes, the tend to enjoy destruction and love ruining everything that crosses their paths.

Type: Yokai, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Has a huge body, glowing horns, and wide mouth. Can have green, blue, or red skin. Said to have shaggy hair, long claws, and hideously ugly. Sometimes may have extra eyes, fingers, or toes. Often depicted wearing tiger skin loincloths.
Behavior: Can shape shift as well as be totally invisible. Doesn’t like to be seen by humans in its true form. Said to be bounty hunters for souls that escape from hell. Also said to capture souls of dying people.
Habitat: Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: They love destruction and tend to ruin everything and anything crossing in their path. Capable of causing natural disasters like mudslides, earthquakes, spreading deadly plagues, and taking over people’s body.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell. Other than that, I’m not sure how or if.
How to Get Rid of It: Dried peas are said to blind it.

 

144. American Goatman

While the Satyr is the closest thing in mythology to a 1960s flower child, the American Goatman is anything but despite them both being half-goat and half-man. Rather he's known to be an axe wielding psycho killer known to attack couples making out in cars in Maryland as well as cause a lot of train accidents in Kentucky.

While the Satyr is the closest thing in mythology to a 1960s flower child, the American Goatman is anything but despite them both being half-goat and half-man. Rather he’s known to be an axe wielding psycho killer known to attack couples making out in cars in Maryland as well as cause a lot of train accidents in Kentucky.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid, Cryptid
From: United States
Features: Half-goat and half-man creature. Usually depicted with legs of a goat, a grotesque body, and wielding an axe. The one in Kentucky is said to have an aquiline nose and alabaster skin face as well as long greasy hair. The one in Texas is said to have scales.
Behavior: The one in Maryland is said to have once been a brilliant scientist transformed as such after an experiment gone wrong who hates being called hideous. The one in Kentucky is said to either be an escaped circus freak or a product of a Satanic ritual and may be capable of using hypnosis.
Habitat: United States, particularly Maryland, Kentucky, and Texas.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Attacks cars with an axe, especially when they had young couples making out in them. One in Kentucky is said to cause a lot of accidents as well as lure people to get run over by trains.
Can It Be Domesticated?: He’s a human so no.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

 

145. Tokoloshe

While the West has the Boogeyman, Africa has a similar creature haunting people's bedrooms called the Tokoloshe which were created by evil shamans. If you see one of these, consult your local African witch doctor.

While the West has the Boogeyman, Africa has a similar creature haunting people’s bedrooms called the Tokoloshe which were created by evil shamans. If you see one of these, consult your local African witch doctor.

Type: Humanoid, Spirit, Water Monster
From: Zulu and Xhosa Folklore
Features: Has a pale skinned child size body with eyes and brain removed. Created from a recently deceased body by shaman magic. Said to be hairy. Depictions may vary in appearance.
Behavior: Capable of invisibility and can only be seen by intended victims. Tend to be rather mischievous and take on many forms.
Habitat: Africa.
Is It Dangerous?: Have been known to terrorize people by making random appearances, destroying personal belongings, and homes. Still, they could be capable of physical attacks as well as render victims helpless in trying to explain their wounds and seem absolutely deranged. At worst can bring sickness and death on the victim.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re created by shamans who have a dark agenda.
How to Get Rid of It: Call an African witch doctor (or n’anga) to banish it from the area.

 

146. Yuki-Onna (a. k. a. Snow Woman)

Known as the Japanese Snow Woman, the Yuki-Onna is known to lure and kill almost every man she encounters in the snowy mountains, especially if they're domestic abusers or evil. Of course, she has been in relationships with several men and has let a few goodhearted men go from time to time.

Known as the Japanese Snow Woman, the Yuki-Onna is known to lure and kill almost every man she encounters in the snowy mountains, especially if they’re domestic abusers or evil. Of course, she has been in relationships with several men and has let a few goodhearted men go from time to time.

Type: Humanoid, Spirit, Undead
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Ghost of a beautiful young woman with cold, transparent skin. Often seen in flowing robes.
Behavior: Ghost of a woman who froze to death in the mountains during a blizzard. Doesn’t walk on the ground so she leaves no foot prints. Could appear or disappear outdoors when she chooses. Said to be able to reproduce and had a line of several men.
Habitat: Mountains of Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. Her rage over dying alone often leads her to kill almost every guy she encounters, particularly if they’re domestic abusers or just plain evil. She may lure guys to get close to her only to have them freeze to death by her icy breath.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not for she’s human and dead.
How to Get Rid of It: Be a nice person who doesn’t mistreat women or children and she’ll send you on your way. Still, she’ll swear you to secrecy about her existence.

 

147. Aswang

Though the Aswang may seem normal by day, by night it has put up an appetite for corpses and sometimes fetuses (don't ask). Still, they don't harm their friends and neighbors. Yet, if you marry one, you basically become one though.

Though the Aswang may seem normal by day, by night it has put up an appetite for corpses and sometimes fetuses (don’t ask). Still, they don’t harm their friends and neighbors. Yet, if you marry one, you basically become one though.

Type: Humanoid, Undead
From: Philippine Mythology
Features: Vampire like witch said to have leathery wings and sharp fangs. Sometimes described appearing as a bat, dog, or snake. Said to resemble a ghoulish vampire-like werewolf. Depicted with long noses and bloodshot eyes. May make noises or may not. Appearances may vary and there are a lot of different kinds.
Behavior: Capable of magical powers and shape shifting. Nocturnal though may assume normal human bodies by day and only transform if they’re hungry. Have a normal human range of emotions. Marry one can have you be one of them. Have upside down reflections.
Habitat: Western Regions of the Philippines.
Is It Dangerous?: Said to stalk its victims at night and much on corpses from graves it would replace with a banana tree carving that resembles the now consumed deceased. Sometimes these bloodthirsty monsters could eat fetuses (don’t ask). Still, they don’t harm their neighbors and can be befriended.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Can be repelled with garlic, salt, special prayers, ginger coins, coconut oil, and religious artifacts. Could be killed by a whip made from a stingray’s tail as well as repelled. Decapitation is another method.

 

148. Black Annis (a. k. a. Black Agnes or Black Anna)

For the love of God, don't let this blue iron nailed witch near small children and lambs. Still, if you want to get rid of her, have her walk into the sunlight and she'll turn to stone.

For the love of God, don’t let this blue iron nailed witch near small children and lambs. Still, if you want to get rid of her, have her walk into the sunlight and she’ll turn to stone.

Type: Humanoid
From: English Folklore
Features: Blue faced old hag with sharp iron claws.
Behavior: Capable of magical powers. Nocturnal and solitary.
Habitat: In a cave near Leicestershire.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, known to kidnap and eat small children and lambs as well as skin their hides to hang in trees or wear around her waist as a belt.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Bring her out to the sun and she’ll turn to stone.

 

149. Lambton Worm

The Lambton Worm is an English dragon that was as dangerous as it was almost invincible. If it was cut in two, it would simply reattach its parts. That is, until John Lambton basically cut it in too many pieces for it to survive. A giant meat grinder would've worked better.

The Lambton Worm is an English dragon that was as dangerous as it was almost invincible. If it was cut in two, it would simply reattach its parts. That is, until John Lambton basically cut it in too many pieces for it to survive. A giant meat grinder would’ve worked better.

Type: Dragon, Serpent
From: English Folklore
Features: Long serpent like body with huge glowing eyes and large razor sharp teeth. Sometimes said to have spikes along its body. Said not to have arms or legs.
Behavior: Could self-heal and reattach its own parts.
Habitat: England.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, known to terrorize villagers that they gave large amounts to milk to appease it. Has a hunger for sheep and children.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Was chopped into too many pieces for it to survive by John Lambton.

 

150. Lindworm

The Lindworm is a large snake like dragon known to be deadly poisonous and swallow cattle whole. Yet, it was also known to terrorize on land or water as well as be very ferocious.

The Lindworm is a large snake like dragon known to be deadly poisonous and swallow cattle whole. Yet, it was also known to terrorize on land or water as well as be very ferocious. Still, we’re not sure whether this creature came from Norse Mythology or not. Probably.

Type: Dragon, Serpent
From: Northern European Mythology (possibly Norse Mythology)
Features: Extremely large and monstrous snake. Sometimes described having wings or from 2-4 limbs as well as large pointed claws. Appearances may vary.
Behavior: Solitary, amphibious, and very ferocious.
Habitat: Various locations.
Is It Dangerous?: Has a deadly poisonous bite. Said to swallow cattle and other livestock whole and sometimes ate the dead. Could terrorize land, rivers, or the seas.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

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